Never Going Back Home

by Zander Michigan

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released September 1, 2013

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Track Name: Don't You Get Any Ideas
As the days go past
And the waves they crash
But this youth won’t last
But I’ll pretend for now

And my mind gets numb
And my fingers get dumb
Soon I won’t be able to strum
But I’ll do it while I can

And my legs they shake
And my heart it quakes
In the land of the lakes
It’s so cold out here

Now, don’t you get cute
Or I’ll give you the boot
And I’ll throw you down the chute
With no ladder

Don’t you get any ideas
You’re far too young for that
We say we live for tomorrow
But we want yesterday back

I bought some new pants
While traveling to France
And I added new plants
To my garden

She whimpered and cried
When I told her goodbye
But she always just sighed
When I adored her

You know I’m a jerk
When I steal all your perks
But I constantly work
For your children

Call me Henry Ford
A genius and a whore
So many people I did ignore
But I’m wealthy

Don’t you get any ideas
Pretty girls don’t have to deal with that
They say that love is blind
But I see you staring at those handsome men

My time has come and it’s gone
Those words I said were wrong
But you knew that all along
And you kept silent

You could’ve been my heart
My love the sea it parts
Now all I have’s a shopping cart
To shop for different women

My throat is dry
You stuck a needle in my eye
You stuck an eyelash in my pie
You’re so childish

I’m a man of taste
On my throne no fears to face
While the poor folk run the race
It’s good to be the king

Don’t you get any ideas
You don’t get paid enough for that
Slip on a banana peel
And break your mother’s back
Track Name: Ballad Of A Broken Man
I was sitting in a drainpipe
Waiting for my next life
When it didn’t come to me
I sat in silence, crying

I was feeling so shook up
No use for to look up
I took my eyeballs out with ease
I didn’t need to see

I’ve made a lot of mistakes
And caused a lot of earthquakes
I bought a stick of Elmer’s glue
To piece back all the smoke I blew

I never thought it could be true
Or it should be true
You never turned away from me
But I never looked back at you

I was walking down the wrong road
Looking for to unload
When I found what I was looking for
I didn’t want it anymore

I’ve spent all of my savings
On stupid senseless cravings
I didn’t know where I was
Or how I felt before

I’ve made such a mistake
Crucified on my own stake
I hung myself up
To get another look at you

I never said, “I love you too”
But I loved you too
You always kept your eye on me
But I never watched over you

I was riding in a train car
Rolling down to somewhere far
I knew I couldn’t see you anymore
It’s happened way too many times before

I was spitting at the rich man
He had a bible in his right hand
He just looked down on me
Said my soul couldn’t be saved

No one told me which way to turn
That’s one lesson I have yet to learn
A skinny woman once locked me in a trunk
But then dumped me out with all the rest of her junk

I always thought I lived a lie
But I’m in disguise
You always did provide for me
But I never took care of you

I was sleeping ‘neath a lamppost
Face to face with my ghost
I didn’t let it get the best of me
It laughed and said, “Just you wait and see”

I dust my self off and stumbled down the street
No shoes, no shirt, with nothing else to eat
My fists were clenched real tight
Just to fend off the night

I drop down to my knees and look up real high
I couldn’t see the stars from the sky
I looked down and saw my life inside my hands
My name’s been written in the sand

I always thought I couldn’t cry
Until we said goodbye
You always gave your life to me
But I never gave mine to you
Track Name: Simmer Down, Mama
Simmer down, mama
Please don’t make a stew
I already ate and it’s getting late
I just wanna make love to you

Simmer down, mama
You’ve got expensive taste
Kick a can and love your man
You ain’t got no time to waste

Simmer down so you don’t boil
Like the coastal birds all drenched in oil

I see you on your high horse
Riding all over town
Wave your hand to start the band
And to wake up all the clowns

No need to lock your door
Because I stole your key
Ride the wave, don’t be afraid
Just don’t wait up for me

Simmer down so you don’t boil
Like the coastal birds all drenched in oil

Simmer down, mama
Get your heart out of its cage
Clean your gloves and feed your doves
And start acting your age

Simmer down so you don’t boil
Like the coastal birds all drenched in oil

Simmer down so you don’t sizzle
Your hair’s all turning red just like Ms. Frizzle
Track Name: Cologne & Cigarettes
When I’m winning I feel just like vigilante James Dean
I got Marlboro cigarettes and my hair’s slicked mean
Out on the highway’s where I roam
My fire engine’s red
You ask me if I showered, and I say “Cologne and Cigarettes”

My baby’s fully loaded, she don’t screw around
Just ask your mother, she got the best shot in town
I do everything she wants
Or she’ll fill me full of lead
If you ask me how she smells, I say “Cologne and Cigarettes”

My sight ain’t too good, I can’t see through the trees
I ain’t never been to the shore to feel the breeze
But I’m traveling all the time
I don’t got no regrets
You ask me what I smell like; I say “Cologne and Cigarettes”

She got the hips to make a grown man sweat
She got the lips to make a grown man forget
She winked at me as she walked by
And here’s what she said
You’re how I like my men… Cologne and Cigarettes
Track Name: Don't Juice Me, Babe
I once was a child
But now I’m just a taller child
I don’t know when I’ll be a man
But for now I’ll just play a while

Don’t juice me, babe
I don’t play well with others
Don’t use me, babe
You’re acting like a jealous lover

I said don’t juice me, babe
But you always keep on trying to win

I once was a poor boy
But now I’m just a poor old man
I don’t know when I’ll be rich
But for now I’m just gonna do what I can

Don’t squeeze me, babe
I ain’t got nothing to give
Don’t tease me, babe
Just let me go on and live

I said don’t juice me, babe
But you always keep on trying to win

I once loved pretty ladies
But then I found out all their secrets
I once let them have my heart
But now I think I’m just gonna keep it

You slay me, babe
You look good in that dress
You weigh on me, babe
My heart is in a tangled mess

I said don’t juice me, babe
But you always keep on trying to win

I once called out your name
But I know you have changed it since then
We once played love like a game
But it don’t work like it did back then

You juice me, babe
I don’t play well with you
You’re gonna lose me, babe
With all the vile things you do

I said don’t juice me, babe
But you always keep on trying to win
Track Name: Ramblin' Blues
I was sitting on my porch
Smoking my cigarette
Yes, I was sitting on my porch
And I was smoking my cigarette
Oh these girls were chasing me
But they haven’t found me yet

So I went to New York City
Oh, I was looking for a change
Oh, I went to New York City
Yes, I was looking for a change
I really needed somewhere
Nobody knows my name

I rambled on the backstreets
Just trying to make my way
Oh, I rambled on the backstreets
Just trying to make my way
But I didn’t make it nowhere
My dreams just died away

So I went on out to Kansas
To find my home out on the range
Oh, I went on out to Kansas
To find my home out on the range
I’ve had enough of New York City
That jungle took me kind of strange
Track Name: She Comes Sporadic
Who are you now, my darling babe?
If I know you, your soul can’t be saved
If I could say, you’ve changed for the worst
So I won’t say, because you’ve changed for the worst

What will you do, my little tangerine?
If I know you, you’ll turn yourself green
If I could tell, you’re so jealous of me
So I won’t tell, because you’re jealous of me

Where are you now, my darling dear?
If I know you, you’re far away from here
If I could guess, you’ll never come back
So I won’t guess because you’ll never come back

When will you live, my darling sweet pea?
If I know you, you’ll die ‘fore we see
If I can tell, you can see it in your eyes
Believe me, we can tell, you’ll never come alive

Why do you do what you do, baby blue?
If I know you, your garden never grew
If I could speak, I would tell you the truth
But I can’t speak, so I’ll leave it to you
But I can’t speak, so I’ll leave it to you
But I can’t speak, so I’ll leave it to you
Track Name: Age Is Just A Number, Baby
Love your leading lady
Love her while you can
You better hold her closely until she finds another man
And I’m walking

Because people don’t like numbers any more
Age is just a number, baby
Because people don’t like numbers any more

Burn the written letters
Baby, start a fire
Please don’t kill the messenger because I just got hired
And I’m trembling

Because people don’t like numbers any more
Age is just a number, baby
Because people don’t like numbers any more

Killing me with kindness
Riddle me with pills
You held me down and broke my crown, I ain’t never felt so ill
And I’m shaking

Because people don’t like numbers any more
Age is just a number, baby
Because people don’t like numbers any more

Age is just a number
Please don’t make me blue
Age is just a number, baby, take me home with you
Because I’m lonely

Because people don’t like numbers any more
Age is just a number, baby
Because people don’t like numbers any more

Age is just a number
You and I make two
Age is just a number, baby, I’m the one for you
Because I love you

Because people don’t like numbers any more
Age is just a number, baby
Because people don’t like numbers any more
Track Name: (If Only You Knew) I'd Be Good To You
Oh! Darling
I got my eye on you
Oh! Baby
Come here and take away my blues
And then tell me of my failures
And all I have to lose

If only you knew, that I’d be good to you

Oh! Honey
Look at me now
Oh! Sugar
I’m the biggest thing in town
Then tell me I’m insignificant
And kick me twice while I’m down

If only you knew, that I’d be good to you

Oh! Mama
Take a walk in my shoes
Oh! Mama
See what it feels like to have the blues
And I knew you didn’t like it
But of course you acted cool

If only you knew, that I’d be good to you

Oh! Lordy
Give me a smoke
Oh! Lordy
My life is quite the joke
I’ve made a lot of money
But I always come out broke

If only you knew, that I’d be good to you
Track Name: Dorian Gray Had The Blues
The man who had no soul
Was the man who lost control
But the man who never died

The man who owned the world
Was the man who wooed the girls
But the man who never cried

I once knew a great man
A beacon in the darkest night
Soon he’ll play the wrong hand
And he won’t know dark from light

The man who never bled
Was the man all painted red
But who was seen in black and white

The man who never wept
Was the man who never slept
But the man who feared the night

He once was an honest man
Now a liar and a fake
He left far from this land
His life he did forsake
His life he did forsake
His life he did forsake
Track Name: Black Eyed Blues
This is how we think it goes
But we know it really don’t
All the stones you try to throw
You’re never gonna break my bones

Black-eyed blues don’t count me out
This song’s for you, my little ray of doubt
And I’mma go on home

This is what we think we know
But we know that we really don’t
All the men you think you own
They’re all going on back home

Black-eyed blues, I can’t see straight
This song’s a lie, but the truth’s gonna have to wait

This is for the highs and lows
And all the stiffs you bring back home
This is for the ebbs and flows
A cycle that you’ll never know

Black-eyed blues, don’t sell me short
I don’t see the game, but I know you play the sport
Track Name: Sweeter Than My Solitude
I once waited for love
Thinking it would come to me
It was then I realized
Love isn’t for free
After that I suffered
Looking for love high and low
But I never found it
No matter where I go
I know you’re only trying to help
And I don’t mean to be rude
But I’ll only have you
If you’re sweeter than my solitude

I once was a man
But now I’m just a boy
I once built you up
Now I only destroy
And the wrecking ball comes down
I think that you should go
Before you become rubble
And get buried ‘neath the snow
I once called you a friend
But I always thought you were crude
Because I’ll only have you
If you’re sweeter than my solitude

I once played the game
But I forgot the rules
With thoughts that I could make it
And never finish school
But the executioner comes down
And tells me what to say before I go
All he says is repeat after me
“You love someone you’ll never know”
I just looked him in the eye
I wanted to say something lude
I won’t ever find nobody
Sweeter than my solitude

I wish I was Jack or Jim
To live where the lovely rivers flow
But I am from the Midwest
With nowhere else to go
But my life flashed before my eyes
What it said I don’t know
But it was disturbing
And dashed all my hopes
On the street I met a girl
She was quite the prude
I’ll only have you
If you’re sweeter than my solitude
Track Name: (I Ain't) Never Going Back Home
When it rains it snows
And your grass don’t grow
And your river don’t flow
Lovers come and they go
In Michigan

And we made some cars
And we live in bars
And every where’s far
And we praise rock stars
In Michigan

I ain’t never going back home
I ain’t never going back home

And I am in your face
When we’re at her place
It’s not a race
Just a faster pace
In Michigan

And Jimmy cracked corn
Because his shoes were worn
And his heart is torn
His love was dead and his hate was born
In Michigan

I ain’t never going back home
I ain’t never going back home

And I hope you don’t care
That I don’t like your hair
And that’s why I stare
Because there’s nothing else there
In Michigan

And we’re battered and bruised
But rightly accused
We’re all beaten and used
But where else would you choose
But Michigan?

I ain’t never going back home
I ain’t never going back home

And I love your taste
And the size of your waist
But the ice has encased
All the problems I’ve faced
In Michigan

And the wind it howls
And the trolls they growl
And the wolverines prowl
All the chickens are fowl

I ain’t never going back home
I ain’t never going back home

And we’re veering off course
As we drink with remorse
But the people we endorse
They are worse than a horse
In Michigan

And the governor sighs
As the people all cry
And the bums they die
Because the liquor runs dry
In Michigan

I ain’t never going back home
I ain’t never going back home

When her love is gone
She carries on
But she pleads for the dawn
Because time is long
In Michigan

And your stomach churns
With the lessons learned
And his heart is yearns
For the summer to burn
In Michigan

I ain’t never going back home
I ain’t never going back home

And my face is long
And my mind was wrong
When I wrote this song
There’s somewhere else I do belong to
But I’m in Michigan

I guess I’ll just go back home
I guess I’ll just go back on home, now
I guess I’m just headed back home